What macro programs are currently used to address this problem in your local community?

For the problem identified, complete a literature search and find 2-3 empirical
journal articles (peer reviewed) that inform you about that problem. For example,
if you choose human trafficking as a problem local to your community, your
literature search will focus on the larger issue of human trafficking in general.
b. Discuss the scope and prevalence of the problem based on information from the
4. Theory application: From a theoretical perspective, discuss how does this problem
impacts the identified population at risk.
a. Select 2-3 theories discussed in the text (note: Do not use intervention theories or
micro theories)
b. Apply the theories to the identified problem and identify/define related theoretical
c. Discuss how these theories/concepts explain specific issues relevant to your
population and make a case for how your theory applies to the identified problem
and the population. Include aspects of
i. Social environment
ii. physical environment
iii. financial/economic
iv. community functioning
5. Macro Programs and Resources, and
a. What macro programs are currently used to address this problem in your local
b. Select one program and identify the mission of the program, whether it is a primary or secondary setting, and the assets and resources offered.
6. Social Work Roles and Ethical Responsibilities
a. If you were a social worker in that program, discuss your macro roles related to
the problem and population-at-risk.
b. Within those roles, identify and describe ethical responsibility to the broader
society and specific challenges you may face with regard to cultural competence.
7. Empowerment
a. Discuss aspects of empowerment including personal empowerment, social
empowerment, social support networks, and ways to foster the empowerment of
the at risk population within the community.
b. Include in your discussion resiliency, strengths.
Part III: Reflections and Innovation
1. Briefly describe an innovative idea you would have of a neighborhood or communitybuilding
project that would empower this population
Population-at-Risk Assignment Grading Criteria
Literature Search – Articles were empirical, 2-3 articles used, clearly related the
articles to the identified problem and population in regard to social and physical environment,
financial/economic aspects, and community functioning. 20 points
Theory application – theory selection clearly relates to the problem, demonstrated understanding
of theoretical concepts and how they apply to the problem and population. 25 points
Identified macro programs, demonstrated understanding of the mission of one program,
programs and services provided, assets and resources and how the program attempts to address
the problem. 10 points
Social work roles – shows understanding of macro social work roles in regard to the identified
problem and population-at-risk. Demonstrated understanding of the ethical responsibilities and
challenges related to the ethical standard of responsibility to the larger society and cultural
competence. 10 points
Empowerment – demonstrated evidence of understanding personal empowerment, social
empowerment, and resiliency, strengths and ways to foster empowerment of the population-atrisk within the community context. 10 points
Part III – Idea described shows innovation and critical thought. Takes into account relevant
aspects such as funding and available resources. 15 points
Technical Writing – The quality of the paper demonstrated college level writing (e.g. wellorganized,
adherence to APA Format, use of headings and subheadings, use of nondiscriminatory
language, clear thesis with support, interesting, no spelling or grammatical
mistakes). 10 points